Nancy Stankosky(1929 - 2013)

Nancy Moses Stankosky, 84, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Arlington. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Arlington. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Arlington Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Tarrant County Meals on Wheels or Arlington Charities Attention: Melanie Gibson. Nancy was born Sept. 29, 1929, in Fort Worth to Mary Buckham and Dayton "Tad" Moses. She attended Oakhurst Elementary School in Fort Worth and Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1951 with a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program and went on to earn an M.A. in government by 1955. While studying at UT, Nancy lived in the Andrews Dormitory where the housemother introduced her to a server who became her husband of 58 years, Peter Nicholas Stankosky. They married Dec. 4, 1955, at St. Mary's Church in Bryan and lived in Austin. After having two children, Peter's company moved the family to Arlington in 1968. Nancy regretted leaving Austin but grew to love Arlington. Nancy was a caring mother who instilled a love of outdoors and the natural world in her two children. She served as a den mother for Cub Scouts, was heavily involved in Boy Scouts, a leader in Girl Scouts and Explorer Scouts. In 1972 she was named Scouter Wife of the Year for the Boy Scouts of America Cross Timbers District. She was also actively involved in the PTA in Austin and Arlington. "There's a special place in heaven set aside for volunteers." In 1970, Nancy was among a small group of volunteers with St. Alban's Church who delivered food to the elderly. The program expanded to become Arlington Meals on Wheels and in 1977 joined with Fort Worth Meals on Wheels and incorporated to become Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. She served on the Meals on Wheels board of directors and delivered meals for 33 years until her health did not allow her to continue. She served for over 20 years as the chairman of the Outreach Committee and Advent Project with St. Alban's, helping needy families at Christmas. She also helped to establish Arlington Charities, serving on the board of directors and as treasurer for many years. As a member of the Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women, she helped organize almost 25 annual used book fairs that raised thousands of dollars each year for educational projects like Reading is Fundamental in the Arlington ISD and for women's scholarships and grants at the national and international level and at the University of Texas at Arlington. She also served as a volunteer with many other organizations. In 1997, Nancy was honored as Arlington's 1996 Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County. Nancy was proud of her family's rich Texas legacy. Her great- great-grandfather signed the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico and was the first secretary of the Republic of Texas Navy. In 2013, she proudly accepted membership into the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved brother, Lt. Col. Dayton Moses and his wife, Jean Moses; and her nephew, Michael Moses. Survivors: Son, James Stankosky of Arlington; daughter, Laura Stankosky and husband, Charlie Howell, of Dallas; nieces, Michele Schrader and husband, Brian, of Longview and Melinda Moses of Arlington; loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and a host of longtime friends.

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Published in Star-Telegram on Jan. 1, 2014